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Margaret H. Chambers

Margaret H. Chambers, 94, of Hamburg died Monday, June 15, 2015, at the Ashley County Medical Center in Crossett. A native of and former resident of Conway, she had lived in Hamburg since 1949 and had also lived in Lake Village. She graduated from Conway High School and attended the Arkansas State Teachers College, now the University of Central Arkansas. She had served as the memorial chairman for the American Cancer Society and the American Heart Association for northern Ashley County since 1961 and served as chairman for the Arkansas Crippled Children, American Heart Association and the American Cancer Society. The director of the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce for 19 years and a member of the Prairie Country Club and the Women's Golf Association, she was a member of the Hamburg First Baptist Church where she was in the Esther Sunday School Class and taught in the junior department. She was an avid reader and she loved her Bridge clubs.

She is survived by a nephew, James I. Hickman of Scotland, Ark.; a niece, Judith Gates of Michigan; three great-nephews, James Luther Hickman and James Seth Hickman of Conway and Bryan Matthew Smith of Battle Creek, Michigan; and a great-niece, Karlee Michelle Smith of Battle Creek. She was preceded in death by her husband of 65 years, Thomas Hamilton Chambers, in 2012 and her parents, John James and Sarah Emerson Hickman.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m., Thursday, June 18, at the First Baptist Church with Dr. Bobby Pennington officiating. Burial was in the Hamburg Cemetery. Pallbearers were David Streeter, Henry Bierbaum, Kenneth Williams, Jimmy Murphy, Ralph Parker, Mitchel Taylor, William Foote and John Hulette. Arrangements were by Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg.

Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church, P. O. Box 352, Hamburg, AR or to the Ashley County Library, 211 Lincoln Street, Hamburg, AR 71646. Guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com.

Jessie Lee Cook, Jr.

Jesse Lee Cook, Jr., 76, of Crossett died Thursday, June 18, 2015, at his home. He was a native of Hamburg, a resident of Oakland, CA, for 20 years, and a resident of Crossett for the past few years. He was a retired construction worker, a member of Living Word C.O.G.I.C., an U.S. Army veteran and a musician who loved playing the organ.

He is survived by one son, Jason Cook of Los Angeles, CA; one daughter, Bridgette Cook of Oakland, CA; one sister, Mattie Lou Tucker of Hamburg; one brother, Joe Henry Cook of Malvern; and a host of nieces, nephews other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Jesse Lee and Roxie Anna Robinson Cook, two brothers, Jimmy Joe and Sam Cook; and one sister, Annie Lou Cook.

Funeral services are at 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 24, at Living Word C.O.G.I.C. with Bishop Joe Mason officiating. Pallbearers are deacons of Living Word, and honorary pallbearers are Anthony Tucker, Myron Tucker, Antonio L. Tucker, Addison M. Tucker, Gary Brumfield, Alf Freddie Tucker and Marvin Walters. Burial will be in Johnson Memorial Cemetery with arrangements by Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg. Online guest book at www.cromwellfuneralhome.net. Visitation will be Tuesday, June 23, from 12-6 p.m. at Cromwell Funeral Home.

Jessie Mae Harris

Jessie Mae Harris, 90, of Crossett, died Thursday, June 18, 2015, at Jefferson Regional Medical Center. A native of Portland, she lived in Crossett most of her life and was a retired CNA from Crossett Health Center and a member of Zion Temple A.M.E. Zion Church. She served on the Crossett Reunion Club, the Westview Cemetery Committee, the Crossett Resource Committee and on the Crossett Liberty Board.

She is survived by three sons, Curtis Harris and wife Mechelle, Aaron Harris, III, and wife Gwendolyn and Larry Harris and wife Wanda; one daughter, Lois Williams and husband B.J., all of Crossett; nine grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Aaron Harris, Jr., on May 21, 2015; her son, James George; and her parents, James Albert and Gertrude Evans George.

Funeral services are at 1 p. m. on Thursday, June 25, at Gates Chapel A.M.E. Church with Rev. Gregory Gyce officiating. Pallbearers are Edgar Johnson, Cornell Brown, Freddie Hargraves, Madison Bailey, Tony Allen and Leondras Simpson. Burial will be in the Westview Cemetery. Viewing Wednesday, June 24 from 12-6 p.m. at Cromwell Funeral Home, Inc. Guest book at www.cromwellfuneralhome.net.

Billy Ray Higginbotham

Billy Ray Higginbotham, 59, of Hamburg died Wednesday, June 17, 2015, at his residence. A native of Hamburg and a resident of Killeen, Texas, before moving back to Hamburg in 2000, he was a veteran of the United States Army; a carpenter and a member of the Promise Land Missionary Baptist Church.

Survivors include two daughters, Tiffany Crane of Kansas and Tracy Streagle of Alaska; two brothers, Frank Higginbotham and wife Kathryn of Crossett and Lamar Higginbotham and wife Janice of Hamburg; a sister, Beverly Mosley and husband Wayne of Crossett; two grandchildren, Luke and Lily Streagle; and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank, Sr., "Bunk" and Barbara Bates Higginbotham; and his grandparents, Ardell and Iva Mae Bates and Gaston and Janie Higginbotham.

Grave-side services were at 2 p.m., Saturday, June 20, at the Trafalgar Cemetery with Bro. Jimmy Bates officiating. Pallbearers were his nephews, Dewayne Bussell, Brian Higginbotham, Zachary Higginbotham, Chris Higginbotham, Benji Brooks and Alan Richardson. Honorary pallbearers were Jack Turner and Kary Johnson.

Memorials may be made to the Trafalgar Cemetery Association, c/o Ben Lawrence, 859 Ashley Road 105, Montrose, AR 71658. Arrangements were by Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg. Guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com.

Carrie Janell Holland

Carrie Janell Holland, 88, of Hamburg died Thursday, June 18, 2015, at Drew Memorial Hospital. She was a native of McGehee, a homemaker, a former employee of Hamburg Shirt Factory and was a member of First Baptist Church. She loved working crossword puzzles.

She is survived by three sons, Tommy Holland and Nina of Watertown, NY, William Holland and Teresa of Hamburg, and Allen Holland and Tina of Fountain Hill; one daughter, Mary Savage and Bob of Leavenworth, KS; one brother, Raymond Lovett and Maxine of Hamburg; 15 grandchildren, 36 great-grandchildren, seven great-great grandchildren, and a host of other family, loved ones and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Samuel A. Holland; one son, Samuel Holland, Jr.; her parents, William and Julie Morlock Lovett; and three brothers, Bill, Gene and Carlton Lovett.

Funeral services were at 2 p. m. Monday, June 22, at First Baptist Church with Bro. Bob Endel officiating. Pallbearers were Ralph Parker, Tommy Hollis, Kenneth Williams, W. M. Wigley, Henry Bierbaum and Jimmy Murphy.

Burial was in the Promise Land Cemetery under the direction of Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg. Online guest book at www.cromwellfuneralhome.net.

Earnestine Wilson Jones

Earnestine Wilson Jones, 85, of Crossett died on Monday, June 15, 2015, in West Monroe, LA. Born August 15, 1929, to the late Minnie and Moses Wilson in El Dorado, she was a faithful member of Gates Chapel AME Church for over 60 years and a member of Stewardess II. She was united in holy matrimony to the late Tyree "Tiger" Jones in 1946 and worked many years as a cook at Tiebel's Café until she retired. She enjoyed sports and working in her flower garden.

She is survived by four daughters, Nancy Jones, Jacqueline Dawkins, and Patricia Cox and husband Carl, all of Crossett, and Shelia Benson and husband Stephen of Sherwood; three sons, Richard Charles Jones and wife Mary, Archie Jones, and Marvin Jones and wife Rosie, all of Crossett; one brother, Freddie Wilson and wife Verna of El Dorado; one sister, Jessie Eller of San Maria, CA; along with 18 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren. Along with her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by ten siblings and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral service was at 11 a.m. on Friday, June 19, at Gates Chapel AME Church with Pastor Harriel D. White, III, officiating followed by burial at Westview Cemetery under the direction of Medders Funeral Home of Crossett. Online guest book at www.meddersfuneralhome.com.

Maxine Downey Pearson

Maxine Downey Pearson, 93, of Crossett died Monday, June 15, 2015, at the Ashley County Medical Center in Crossett. A native of Ashley County who lived in Houston, Texas, for 33 years, she had been a resident of Crossett since 1981. She was a homemaker and a member of the Eden Baptist Church.

She is survived by a nephew, Frank Douglas Pearson of Lacey; a niece, Mary Carolyn Stanley and husband Roma of Hamburg; and a host of nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her husband of 64 years, John Berry Pearson, in 2003; her parents, Calvin and Mary Wood Downey; and a sister, Edith Mae Pearson.

Funeral services were at 11 a.m., Wednesday, June 17, in the Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home chapel with Bro. Elvin McDill officiating. Burial was in the Flat Creek Cemetery. Pallbearers were her great-nephews and great-great-nephews. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com.

Johnny Ralph Pounds

Johnny Ralph Pounds, 80, of Bakersfield, CA, died on Sunday, May 31, 2015. Born in Ashley County on January 7, 1935, to John E. and Virginia Golden Pounds, he graduated from Hamburg High School in 1953. He worked for and retired from Chevron Oil Company in Bakersfield.

Survivors include his wife, Arlene Brown Pounds; two daughters, Julie Pounds Suoyez and Deanne Frey; three grandchildren, Thor Russell, Luke Russell and Christy Wensley; a brother, E. Fay Pounds of Hamburg; two sisters, Gwen Fischer of Hamburg and Frances Gosnell of Garland, Texas; and a host of nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a daughter, Yvette Wood; a brother, Jack H. Pounds; and a sister, Betty S. Pounds Chapman. A family memorial service will be held at a later date.

Vera Janice Washington

Vera Janice Washington, 75, of Crossett died in Saginaw, TX, on Sunday, June 14, 2015, at her daughter's home. She was a native of Thebes, retired from Georgia-Pacific's plywood mill and was a member of the Church of Christ.

Survivors include one son, Christopher Washington and Bertha of Crossett; five daughters, Clara Primes and husband Arthur of Rockford, IL, Mary Jones and husband Richard, Rose Jones and husband Marvin and Linda Wright and husband John, all of Crossett, and Janie Simmons and husband Andrew of Saginaw; two brothers, Rev. Levi Tolefree and wife Ruth of Crossett and James Tolefree and wife Sandra of Rockford; a god-son, Bruce Hendrix and wife Joreca of Bastrop, LA; 19 grandchildren, 29 great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild, and a host of nieces, nephews, other family and loved ones.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph Washington; her parents, Enos Tolefree and Janie Marks Tolefree; and three brothers, Enos, Jr., M.,J. and George Tolefree.

Funeral services were at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 20, at the Church of Christ at 301 Pine Street with Bro. Kenneth Ridgell officiating. Pallbearers were Marvin Jones, Archie Jones, Jimmy Tate, Jesse Pam, Jimmy Thornton and Raymond Clark. Honorary pallbearers were the brothers of the Church of Christ. Burial was in the Westview Cemetery with arrangements by Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg. Online guest book at www.cromwellfuneralhome.net.

John Hays Witherington

John Hays Witherington, Jr., 78, of Linden, Texas, died on Thursday, June 18, 2015, at home after complications following heart surgery in October, 2014. Born September 25, 1936, in Hamburg to John Hays Witherington, Sr., and Margaret Nell Witherington, he was raised in the Milo community. He saw the world during a 32 year career in the United States Army. Shortly after boot camp, he advanced to the 82nd Airborne, served two tours in Vietnam, then worked in logistics retiring as a sergeant major. After retirement he made Linden his home base, while he hit the road as often as possible by RV. He became a member of the Roadrunner RV group and found in them a second family.

Survivors include his wife, Bea McGuiness Witherington; two sisters, Jayne Witherington Burnett and Sue Witherington Trost; a brother, Bobby Joe Witherington; two daughters, Denise Williams and Juanita Polovchena and husband Walt Polovchen; a son, Todd Witherington and wife Grace Witherington; ten grandchildren and many great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife of 56 years, Joan Witherington.

Services were at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 21, at the Linden United Methodist Church with burial following at the Linden Cemetery under the direction of Reeder-Davis Funeral Home in Linden.

The family requests memorials in his honor to the Army Emergency Relief Fund.

Rodney Lamont Young

Rodney Lamont Young, 47, of Lake Village died Sunday, June 14, 2015, at Jefferson Regional Medical Center in Pine Bluff. He was a lifelong resident of Lake Village, an employee of Sunflower and Fred's and a Baptist. A 1986 graduate of Lakeside High School, he enjoyed spending time with his daughter and family, NASCAR racing and car shows.

He is survived by his daughter, Miracle Johnson of Lake Village; his mother, Dixie Marie Young of Lake Village; six brothers, Aubrey Young and wife Eva of Jonesboro, Jeffery Young, Derrick Young and Marvin Young, all of Little Rock, Carl Young and wife Sylvia and Kenneth Young of Lake Village; twelve sisters, Audrey Pittman and husband Larry of Fayetteville, NC, Jo Ann Gallo and husband Thomas of Glendora, CA, Ruby Young, Jacqueline Young and Linda Young, all of Los Angeles, CA, Thelma Young of Compton, CA, Doris Young of Avondale, AZ, Evangelia Young of Lake Villiage, Lillian Nolan and husband Nathaniel of Monticello, Janice Hill and husband Willie of Jonesboro, Rhonda Moore of Little Rock and Celia Young of Lake Village; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives, loved ones and friends. He was preceded in death by his father, Early David Young, and two brothers, Howard and Edwin Young.

Funeral services were at 3 p.m. Saturday, June 20, at Central Baptist Church with Eld. Carl Young officiating.

Pallbearers were Aubrey Young, Derrick Young, Kenneth Young, Jimmy McCree and Billy Smith. Burial was in Joint-New Cemetery with arrangements by Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg.

Online guest book at www.cromwellfuneralhome.net.

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